Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd, the three American hikers once imprisoned in Iran, made a surprise visit to Occupy Oakland on Monday, less than a month after Bauer and Fattal were released from prison. In July of 2009, the three were arrested while hiking near the Iran-Iraq border. Shourd was released last year. On Monday, the hikers were welcomed by a thrilled crowd of supporters at Occupy Oakland. "These occupations were just starting when we got out, started in New York City, and we were hearing about it, little bit by little bit. But it wasn’t until getting back here to this city [Oakland] that it really hit me that this is serious," Bauer said. "This is big. And I feel proud of it. I feel proud of it, of this happening in my city." Bauer also criticized Iran for pressuring Masoud Shafii, his former attorney in Iran. Shafii was recently arrested and denied the right to travel abroad. [includes rush transcript]moreless
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